The New York Yankees and Houston Astros are heading toward the All-Star break, and they’re enjoying big breasts in their respective divisions. New York leads AL East with 13 games, while Houston enjoys nine games in AL West.
And while some qualifying spots have already been set, the wild card hunt remains a very fluid race.
MLB’s latest working agreement includes expanding the supplement from 10 to 12 teams. Each league will now have a third wild card team, which should keep things interesting throughout.
For example, Major League Soccer has seven teams in a wild card race that is no more than five games apart.
We will look at two potential matches that we can see in the post-season and assess which team might be best suited to stay and progress.
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Mariners vs Blue Jays (WC)
The Seattle Mariners moved into the wild card spot after winning 14 games in a row. At 51-42, Seattle currently has the longest winning streak in MLB.
Seattle is led by its share, which ranks fifth with 3.53 ERA, and will face Toronto in the wild cards round if the playoffs start today.
The Mariners 5-2 against the Blue Jays and they even had a four-game winning streak at home during their recent winning streak. The Mariners currently have a field advantage at home against the Blue Jays in the Wild Card Tour.
Blue Jays starting bowler Hyun Jin Ryo is the only significant injury to either team. Ryu was finished for the season after sustaining an ulnar collateral ligament injury. While I think either team would eventually lose in the ALDS, I would love for the Mariners to come forward if both teams met in the wild cards round.
prediction: sailors to advance
Yankees vs Astros (ALCS)
At 64-28, the Yankees are 4¹ / ahead of the Astros for the best record in the AL. New York also has the best baseball record and the shortest odds on the board for winning the World Championship at +325. If these teams come together in the post-season, it likely won’t happen until the ALCS.
New York is heading to the break after crushing the Red Sox 27-3 over the past two games. The winning streak cut short an extended 1-5 streak which was the Yankees’ worst run of all season.
However, while the Yankees have looked great against most clubs, they have lost three of the five games they have played for the Astros so far this season. We won’t have to wait long for another meeting between the two as they play a double-header in Houston once the season resumes on Thursday.
Both teams are dealing with some potential major injuries as Yankees player Luis Severino fell with what is being described as ‘low grade fatigue’. Despite this, Severino suffered a similar injury in April 2019 and did not return until September of that season.
The Astros are currently without speed player Yordan Alvarez. Alvarez in Elle 10 days with a hand injury. However, there is plenty of optimism about his injury as Alvarez was able to engage in some light kicks on Sunday.
The Astros should also reclaim starting bowler Lance McCullers Jr. The McCullers went to 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 2021. The right hand would be a strong addition to the Astros who are ranked second in the MLB with a 3.15 ERA.
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